Team Penske announces Discount Tire extension

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Team Penske has extended its partnership with Discount Tire for a multi-year extension, and the company will support both of Penske’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams.

Discount Tire will remain a primary sponsor of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang for at least 24 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and serve as an associate sponsor for both the No. 2 and No. 22 Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“We are happy to be extending our relationship with Team Penske into 2015 and beyond,” Michael Zuieback, President of Discount Tire, said in a release. “They’ve been a loyal ambassador of the Discount Tire brand since we began our relationship with them in 2010. The entire team, from Roger Penske to Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and everyone that is a part of the No. 22 crew, exemplifies performance and professionalism. We’re looking forward to many more years of success together both on and off the track.”

The No. 22 has won the XFINITY (then-Nationwide) owner’s championship in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and the 2010 season saw Brad Keselowski win the driver’s championship.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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